PCA 2015

PCA (P) 2015

22/12/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)30

Info on Non-Part 7 Discount Rate

This circular updates the non part 7 discount rate from 1st December dispensing.


25/10/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)29

Updated Prescription Stationery

The latest circular advises of a change to prescription stationery once the current forms have been used up. Current processes should not change until new stationery is ordered and arrives in the pharmacy.


06/10/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)28

Drug Tariff Part One Amendments

This circular advises of changes to Part 1 of the Drug Tariff for dispensings from 1 October 2015


06/10/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)27

Pharmacist Assistant Training Grant Fund

Provides community pharmacy contractors with details of the financial support being made available for Pharmacist Assistant training for the financial year 2015/16.


06/10/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)23

Access to Medicines Complete package and the British National Formulary (BNF)

PCA(P)2015(23) outlines access to the Medicines Complete package for  2015/16 and describes the changes to the distribution arrangements for the British National Formulary (BNF).


28/09/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)26

Remuneration arrangements - amendment to the tariff with effect from 1 October 2015

This Circular provides updated remuneration arrangements from 1st October 2015. Download Key Facts for this circular.


28/09/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)25

PHS - prophylactic antipyritic (paracetamol) - Meningococcal Group B Vaccine.

This Circular provides guidance, service specification and PGD for the provision of paracetamol for Men B vaccination related pyrexia.


23/09/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)24

Additional Pharmaceutical Services: Outcome of Review of the Gluten Free Food Service

This Circular advises that following the results of a review into the experience gained from the first 18 months operation, the Gluten Free Food Service (GFFS) is to continue as an Additional Pharmaceutical Service.


23/09/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)22

Amendment to Drug Tariff Part11:  Discount Clawback Scale

This circular advises of an amendment to Drug Tariff Part 11 concerning the discount clawback rate to apply in respect of reimbursements to community pharmacy contractors in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 16 of Part1 of the Drug Tariff, taking effect for dispensings from 1 September 2015


23/09/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)21

Drug Tariff Part 7 Discount

This Circular advises of the Drug Tariff Part 7 Clawback Rate for the 3 dispensing months October - December 2015.


14/09/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)20

Community Pharmacy: Public Health Service Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC) Updated Directions and Service Specification

This circular advises of:
(i) the inclusion of ulipristal acetate alongside levonorgestrel within EHC service; and
(ii) the provision of prophylactic antipyretic (paracetamol) in advance of or following childhood meningitis B vaccination and other childhood vaccinations as clinically appropriate,
under the Public Health Service (PHS) available through community pharmacy.


03/09/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)19

Community Pharmacy Contract - Infrastructure Support - Staff Training

This circular provides NHS Boards and community pharmacy contractors with details of the financial support being made available for staff training for the financial year 2015-16.


31/08/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)18

Pharmaceutical Services: Community Pharmacist Practitioner Champions

This Circular informs NHS Boards and community pharmacy contractors of the intention to continue funding for Community Pharmacist Practitioner Champions in 2015-16.


28/08/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)16

Primary Care Funding Allocation for Pharmacists in GP Practices and Additional Prescription for Excellence Funding

This circular advises of an allocation of £1.3m from the Primary Care Fund to NHS Boards for 2015-16, following the Scottish Government’s announcement of 25 June to fund pharmacists to work with GPs in GP practices. It also advises of a further allocation of funding of £1.2m from the Prescription for Excellence funding stream to compliment the Primary Care Fund allocation.


21/08/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)17

Amendments to Drug Tariff in respect of special preparations and imported unlicensed medicines

This Circular advises of changes in the Drug Tariff effective for dispensings 1 September 2015 in respect of reimbursement of costs borne by community pharmacy contractors when dispensing NHS prescriptions for specialist preparations and imported unlicensed medicines not listed in Part 7S.

Download the Key Facts Sheet for this circular.


22/07/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)15

Pharmaceutical Services Amendments to Drug Tariff in Respect of Remuneration Arrangements from 1 July 2015

This Circular advises of changes in the Drug Tariff with respect to remuneration arrangements taking effect from 1 July 2015 following finalisation of the 2015-16 community pharmacy funding settlement. We have also prepared a Key Facts document on the settlement.


22/07/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)14

Pharmaceutical Services Drug Tariff Pt 7 Discount Clawback

This Circular advises of the Drug Tariff Pt 7 clawback rate for the dispensing months June- September 2015.


26/06/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)13

Community Pharmacist: Supplementary and Independent Prescribing Clinics: Transitional Funding Arrangements for 2015-16

Further to circular PCA(P)(2015)8, issued on 2 April 2015, this circular outlines the prescribing clinic funding available to Health Boards for the remainder of 15/16.


02/06/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)12

Pharmaceutical Services - Amendment to Drug Tariff Part 11 - Discount Clawback Scale

An amendment to the Drug Tariff Part 11 concerning the discount clawback rate to apply in respect of reimbursement of non-Part 7, non-zero discount lines for contractors.


15/05/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)11

Gluten Free Food Prescribable Product List Update

This Circular advises that the Gluten Free Food Prescribable Product List to be used in conjunction with the Gluten Free Food Additional Pharmaceutical Service (GFF APS) has been updated.


28/04/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)10

Public Health Poster Campaign 2015 - 16

This Circular advises NHS Boards and community pharmacy contractors of Public Health Service (PHS) poster campaign topics for 2015-16.


17/04/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)9

Pharmaceutical Services Additional Pharmaceutical Services - Smoking Cessation Service

This Circular provides supplementary advice for community pharmacy contractors providing the Public Health Service (PHS) Smoking Cessation Additional Pharmaceutical Service (APS) from 1 April 2015.


02/04/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)8

Community Pharmacist: Supplementary and Independent Prescribing Clinics: Transitional Funding Arrangements for 2015-16

This Circular advises of provisional amounts of transitional funding being made available for community pharmacist supplementary and independent prescribing clinics for the period April-June 2015.


01/04/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)7

Amendments To Drug Tariff in Respect Of Remuneration Arrangements From 1 April 2015

This circular outlines the changes in the Drug Tariff with respect to remuneration arrangements for the dispensing month March 2015. CPS have also developed a Key Facts Document for PCA(P)(2015)7 to distil the information for this circular.


24/03/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)6

Pharmaceutical Services: Amendments to Drug Tariff in Respect of Remuneration Arrangements from 1 March 2015

This Circular advises of changes in the Drug Tariff with respect to remuneration arrangements for the dispensing month of March 2015, in particular with respect to the level of the dispensing pool balancing payment for that month only.


03/03/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)5

Additional Pharmaceutical Services Review of Gluten Free Food Service

This Circular provides details of online survey questionnaires for patients and on the Gluten-free Food Service and invites NHS Boards and other interested parties to submit their views on the trial service.


20/02/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)4

Pharmaceutical Services: Amendment to Pt 11: Discount Clawback Scale for Proprietary Drugs

This Circular advises of an amendment to the Drug Tariff Part 11 concerning the discount clawback rate to apply in respect of reimbursement of proprietary drugs to community pharmacy contractors taking effect for dispensings from 1 March 2015.


20/02/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)3

Pharmaceutical Services Amendment to Drug Tariff Discount Claw Back Rate Pt 7 Generic Drugs

This Circular advises of arrangements in the Scottish Drug Tariff with respect to the discount clawback rate in respect of reimbursement for items listed at Pt 7 for dispensings from 1 March 2015 onwards for non ZD items.


06/02/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)2

Updated Public Health Levonorgestrol PGD

This circular contains the updated PGD to allow supply of Levonorgestrol under the Public Health element of the pharmacy contract.


08/01/2015 - PCA(P)(2015)1

Pharmaceutical Services: Amendment to Pt 11: Discount Clawback Scale for Proprietary Drugs

Amendment to the Drug Tariff Part 11 concerning the discount clawback rate to apply in respect of reimbursement of proprietary drugs to contractors.